Saudi tax authority conducts 1,335 inspections to protect VAT system

The number of shops penalized for tax violations has reached 42. (AFP)
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Updated 25 May 2020

Saudi tax authority conducts 1,335 inspections to protect VAT system

RIYADH: The General Authority for Zakat and Tax (GAZT) has implemented an extensive inspection campaign to shops in the retail sector, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

It aims to ensure the commitment of shop owners to the value-added tax (VAT) system and the implementation of its regulations, and the non-implementation of the tax’s updated value before schedule.

In cooperation with the Ministry of Commerce, GAZT has implemented 1,335 inspection visits, with the participation of all the authorities’ branches in different regions since the announcement of increasing the VAT to 15 percent from 5 percent on May 11.

The number of shops penalized for tax violations has reached 421, and violations varied from not keeping records, documents and tax invoices to failing to collect VAT.

GAZT called on owners of commercial enterprises to commit to the scheduled date to implement the new VAT of 15 percent on products and services, starting July 1, 2020. It stressed that its inspection campaigns will continue in markets and shops to ensure the commitment of people responsible for tax regulations in the Kingdom.

GAZT called on all consumers to report any enterprises that implement the new VAT before its due date on the authority’s official website gazt.gov.sa through the unified number 19993 or the VAT’s special app.

GAZT had issued an instruction manual for transitional provisions related to increasing the original VAT to 15 percent, available on the authority’s official website.
 


Saudi Arabia details travel exemptions

These must provide proof of residency in the country to which they wish to travel. (SPA)
Updated 27 September 2020

Saudi Arabia details travel exemptions

  • In the cases of the death of a spouse, parent, or child abroad, the directorate requires the submission of a death certificate and proof of relationship

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s General Directorate of Passports on Saturday announced requirements for the issue of travel permits for groups exempt from coronavirus travel restrictions. Travel permits will be issued through the Absher e-services platform.
The first group exempt from travel restrictions includes government officials, civilians and members of the military assigned official missions.
This group can obtain travel permits if the official mission cannot be performed remotely and has a deadline that cannot be postponed, provided participation is kept to a minimum.
Documents required for the first group include an official letter from the entity’s senior official, in addition to the names of those who wish to travel and their mission, its location, duration and evidence that the previous conditions are met.
The second group includes citizens with humanitarian cases, especially family reunification, or the death of a spouse, parent or child abroad.

HIGHLIGHTS

• The first group exempt from travel restrictions includes government officials, civilians and members of the military assigned official missions.

• The second group includes citizens with humanitarian cases, especially family reunification, or the death of a spouse, parent or child abroad.

• The third group includes citizens living outside the Kingdom and their dependents.

Citizens who wish to be reunited with their families abroad must provide proof of relationship (spouse, parent, etc.) for the family member residing abroad, proof of residency in the country to which the other party wishes to travel, and proof of the children’s study location abroad if there are children of school age. The last should be certified by the Ministry of Education or one of the Kingdom’s representations in the destination country.
In the cases of the death of a spouse, parent, or child abroad, the directorate requires the submission of a death certificate and proof of relationship.
The third group includes citizens living outside the Kingdom and their dependents. These must provide proof of residency in the country to which they wish to travel (a document or an instrument that they own a property or have a valid lease contract prior to the issuance of these measures).
They must also submit a valid residence card (permanent or semi-permanent) in the country to which the travel is requested and proof that the applicant had spent at least six months in the destination country during the past three years.